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 for Gunwale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gunwale \Gun"wale\, n. [Gun + wale. So named because the upper
     guns were pointed from it.] (Naut.)
     The upper edge of a vessel's or boat's side; the uppermost
     wale of a ship (not including the bulwarks); or that piece of
     timber which reaches on either side from the quarter-deck to
     the forecastle, being the uppermost bend, which finishes the
     upper works of the hull. [Written also gunnel.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a
           wooden vessel [syn: gunwale, gunnel, gun rest]

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